Ford Center

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Project Highlights and Results

  • Elara Green Project:  Solar Array
  • Northwestern University’s first on-site renewable energy source.
  • Doubles as an educational tool for University engineering students.
  • 17kW Photovoltaic solar array covers nearly all available area of lightly structure roof of the Engineering Building.
  • Addressed project visual/aesthetic constraints created from roof location and ability to see equipment on the roof from ground level.
  • Project incorporated new micro inverter technology, web based real time energy values, self-ballasted system (no roof penetrations), and low-profile array

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